Soon enough, differently-abled visitors at some of the country’s prominent tourist places will be able to access monument and artefacts without any discomfort. An initiative, jointly worked out by the culture and the social justice and empowerment ministries, will have 50 prominent monuments accessible for the disabled friendly soon.
Some monuments in the list:
Rang Ghar — Sibsagar
Buddhist monuments — Sanchi
Champaner monuments — Champaner
Elephenta Caves — Gehra Surgad
Ranthambor Fort — Ranthambor
Chittaurgarh Fort — Chittaurgarh
Leh Palace — Leh
Sarnath — Varanasi
St Francis Church — Cochin
Golconda Fort – Hyderabad
Some of the prominent monuments include the capital’s Qutab Minar, Red Fort, and Humayun’s tomb, Konark’s Sun Temple, Puri’s Jagannath Temple, the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, etc.
Facilities provided will include wheelchairs, disabled-friendly toilets, Braille signages, tactile floors or pathways, railings and ramps. The initiative will be jointly carried out by the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD) and the Archeological Survey of India (ASI).
“The project, to be taken up nationwide, will be carried out in a phased manner, keeping in mind the security provisons in several places,” said a ministry official. On the offing is also some prominent railways stations. The official added that the ministry is also working on fitting solar panels is some prominent monuments to generate electricity for these monuments.
There are over 50 lakh disabled people in India. Census data says that over 3-4% of India’s population is differently-abled; however, the World Health Organization pegs that at over 9%.